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Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

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Age Spots
May 21, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 8 Comments
Reviewed by Christine

First, I would like to be clear about the intended function of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic.  It is an antioxidant barrier, formulated and designed to protect the skin from free radical damage, oxidative stress and environmental irritants. In other words, defend your delicate outer layer from all the nasties that it is vulnerable to on a daily basis.  Why is protection worth $144 of your very hard earned money? Why not put this money toward a product that is meant to change your overstressed skin, rather than just keep everything “as is”?  No matter if you’re in your 20s, and have not yet damaged your skin, or (like me) you’re in your 40s and require some serious transformation – protection should be a key part of your skincare regime. Let’s face it, the world is against us in our quest to NOT age gracefully!  It is vital that you preserve all that hard work you do to achieve your version of perfect skin.

On to the benefits and results of this particular form of protection. Although I’m well aware of the necessity of a good Vitamin C serum for my aging, sun spotted skin, I’ve never done well with those that I’ve tried. I usually end up with tiny pustules; redness and irritation that override the well documented benefits… and off it goes - to a friend, or to the back of my cabinet. Given my dysfunctional history with C products, I did not have high hopes for this one. The thing I noticed right off the bat, was how quickly and thoroughly the product absorbed into my skin. My skin tends to be dry, so I was very pleased with the healthy sheen and noticeable firmness I saw after the product penetrated.  It is very light on the face and seems to provide a nice foundation for my moisturizer and SPF.  One of the other issues I sometimes have with serums, is that they become “gummy” when layered underneath other products – not this one.

A little goes a long way, as I am able to disperse to my entire face with just a few drops on my forehead, cheeks and chin. As the weeks went on, I began to visibly notice the touted benefits of a good C serum: hyperpigmentation fading, brightness increasing, texture improving! It actually works and for the first time… sans pustules, redness and irritation. Add noticeable results (5 weeks of religious use) to serious protection from the nasties and I will be adjusting my budget to accommodate this product going forward.

On a somewhat side note: The package insert claims that once absorbed, the serum cannot be washed or rubbed off and that it will remain on the skin for a minimum of 72 hours. This greatly appeals to me because, unlike many other skincare junkies, I don’t do satin pillowcases! I always retire with that nagging worry that my costly lotions and potions are sinking deeply into my cotton bedding (and therefore NOT into my skin).


Water, Ethoxydiglycol, 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, 1% Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate
  • October 17, 2013

    by debbi

    Ive used this product for almost 2 years and love it. My husband also uses it . At 50 and 60 we are told constantly , we dont look our age. When im without it , i see a difference in my skin, for the worst. Its definitely worth the money.

  • July 28, 2011

    by Sophie

    Hi Christine,
    Word to the wise: The skin can only absorb a maximum of 20% concentration of L-ascorbic acid. Anymore than that in a topical solution is just for show. Please confirm with any number of articles on Google Scholar.

    Thank you for the heads up on the Idebenone solution. After some research, it seems like a good idea to make a DIY version as there is an obscene amount of mark-up on creams that have it as an ingredient. Also, as it is a derivative of CoQ 10, it may be a good idea to compare it to creams with CoQ 10.

  • June 4, 2011

    by Marta

    Thanks Christine, looking forward to hearing how you get on with the Cellbone.

  • June 3, 2011

    by Christine

    Sorry, I'm confusing another C serum (Cellbone's C27 Ultra C-Serum) with the CSS version. Maybe not an identical twin, but certainly a blood relative. The Cellbone product contains Idebenone, which has shown to be (in some studies) an even BETTER antioxidant than Ferulic. It also boasts a hefty 27% L-Ascorbic Acid and is currently lined up amongst the many vials in my bathroom for immediate use. I will send a voluntary review of Cellbone AND CSS and report how they compare.

  • June 3, 2011

    by Christine

    Marta, I saw the identical twin post after submitting my review! I bought the CSS (which conveniently comes in two sizes). I'm still milking the last precious drops of Skinceuticals, so have not yet tried the CSS. I'm excited to see if there is a difference given the addition of Idebenone and subtraction of Ferulic Acid! I'll post an identical twin comparison in a few months. :)

  • May 25, 2011

    by liz

    To Jeni...your probably breaking out because CE Ferulic has vit E in it and is intended for someone with dry skin. If you have normal skin - oily then your going to want Phloretin CF - the other antioxidant skinceuticals has.

  • May 23, 2011

    by Jeni

    I have a bunch of little sample vials of the CE Ferulic so I've been using it off and on for a year now. I love the idea of it, and it's supposed the be a great antioxidant serum, but I haven't noticed any improvements in my skin from it. So I use it as a preventive tool, but for all that money I wish I would actually see something! And it also causes me to breakout, although lately I've been able to use it without a problem.

  • May 21, 2011

    by Marta

    Christine, thank you for your review. I'm glad you liked CE Ferulic, but before you buy the Skinceuticals take a look at our articles and video showing that you can get the same formula by CSS for $100 less.

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